Media reports in today’s Financial Review that the Abbott Government plans to axe the Renewable Energy Target is devastating news for Australian families and for solar workers across the country, according to the Australian Solar Council.
“Axing the Renewable Energy Target will make it much, much harder for Australian families to reduce their power bills,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council.
“Families can reduce their power bills by more than 65 per cent with solar, but the Abbott Government wants to make it harder for families to access solar.”
“Australia’s 18,000 solar workers will be devastated and angry today, knowing their jobs are now on the line. Australians will be shocked to know $18 billion of new investment, and thousands of new jobs, is being thrown on the scrap heap.”
“This is a clear broken promise. Before the election, the Coalition promised to protect the Renewable Energy Target. The Abbott Government is now trashing this election promise.”
“Solar saves money, creates jobs and shifts votes. The Abbott Government is about to find out how much Australians love solar and the Renewable Energy Target.”
On Thursday, the Australian Solar Council will be holding the Petrie Save Solar Forum in northern Brisbane, the first of a series of events in marginal seats across the country that will demonstrate the strength of community support for solar and the Renewable Energy Target.
Speakers will include local solar business owners, workers and residents, as well as Federal Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler and Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.
Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth, has decided not to face his constituents on the critical issue of the future of solar.
“Mr Howarth might not front up to his voters, but he won’t be able to escape their wrath over this clear broken promise,” said Mr Grimes.
John Grimes is available for immediate interview.
Media contact: Jane Garcia 0434 489 533
More information: www.savesolar.com.au or www.solar.org.au
Please help support renewables by coming the Save Solar Forum at Redcliffe RSL on Thursday 21st Aug if you can- and spread the word!